Box art for Shrek Forever After

Shrek Forever After

anime & animation, children & family, comedy

The further adventures of the giant green ogre, Shrek, living in the land of Far, Far Away.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
  • Audience Score

common sense

ON for kids age 6
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
Educational value
1 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
0 out of 5
Violence & scariness
2 out of 5

Fiona's fierce, Shrek's lovable in still-funny 4th movie.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that like all Shrek movies, this "final chapter" includes some cartoonish violence, mild innuendo most children won't pick up on, and a scene in which Shrek gets tipsy on shaken "Eyeball-tinis." The mild peril is mostly medieval fighting between the ogres and Rumpelstiltskin's cabal of witches. Shrek and Fiona, as well as Donkey and his dragon wife, are all affectionate and flirt and kiss and declare their eternal love to each other. The gross-out humor is limited to some disgusting items the ogres eat and a few jokes about Donkey and the ogres, but otherwise, this is an animated movie for general audiences. Be warned, though, Shrek has a lot of merchandising tie-ins, so the consumerism is difficult to escape. Also, since it's offered in 3-D, a few scenes are more intense than they'd be otherwise.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the message of this installment of the story -- is the grass always greener on the other side, or is it best to love your life and not that life you could have lived?
  • Shrek merchandise can be found everywhere. Does it cheapen a movie to have so many toys and food items attached to it, or is it simply a sign of how popular the movie is? If you like Shrek, does seeing him on products make you want to buy them more? How can you avoid getting sucked into the commercialism?
  • Is time-warp Fiona different than ogre-mama Fiona? Has Fiona always displayed bravery and leadership skills? What kinds of stereotypes about men and women does the movie challenge or reinforce?
  • How does this movie compare with the previous three? Is it best for Fiona and Shrek to retire in Far, Far Away, or are there even more stories to tell?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: It's the characters that pull us in when familiarity flatlines our interest.

- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Thursday, May 20, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

I'm slightly mythed I didn't get to see the 3D version of this film, but was a worthy sequel anyhow. Whilst it was hard to imagine where else you could go with this seris, a way is found of taking it into a different direction without compromising the previous storylines. You get to enjoy many of the existing characters from previous Shrek films, with a whole new collection of others.

- 76Majikat, Sunday, August 1, 2010

3 stars

Shrek stuck in an alternate reality, an interesting premise that prompts some good laughs, even if the story is not too original. An above average animation that is an improvement over the last film and an enjoyable conclusion to the franchise.

- blacksheepboy, Saturday, July 31, 2010

4 stars

I think this Shrek movie is better than the last two movies. I watched it in 3d which was great. There aren't as many famous voices in this movie but the storyline is much better. Shrek is tired of his life as husband and father. He wishes he could have his life back which causes an alternate universe. This storyline is a lot more mature and the witches might scare children.

- thmtsang, Saturday, July 3, 2010